Hackers try many methods to reach their target audience. One of them is spyware. Spyware can infect users through various channels. Three million Android users are also infected with this spyware. According to French security researcher Maxime Ingrao, 3 million Android users may be infected with spyware. Worse still, many of these users may be unaware of it. According to Maxime Ingrao’s statement on Twitter, Android users affected by spyware may suffer financial damage.
How can Autolycos spyware infect Android users harm?
The spyware called Autolycos installs on the device and activates itself, just like other spyware. The active spyware can perform several operations on the device without the device owner’s knowledge.
Although the uses of spyware vary, they generally serve commercial purposes. Autolycos, which infected Android users, made users buy premium subscriptions. When you purchase from the Google Play Store, Google may store your payment information with your consent. If there is no obligation to use the 3D Secure feature, the subscription process can be started with a simple confirmation.
Subscription and purchase are two different concepts. When you start a subscription, you rent it. Rented content can continue as long as the subscription is not canceled. As long as it continues, it can withdraw money from your card.
Google Play Store subscription cancellation
Whether you suspect your device is infected with spyware or not, it’s in your best interest to regularly check your subscription.
If you have subscribed without your consent or by mistake, you can unsubscribe as follows:
- Open the Google Play Store app .
- At the top right, tap the profile icon.
- Tap Payments & subscriptions. Subscriptions.
- Select the subscription you want to cancel.
- Tap Cancel subscription.
- Follow the instructions.
Apps that allegedly infect Autolycos spyware
Google took quick action on the issue and removed the applications. Some apps are Facebook ads. that was even included. So far, we share the applications containing Autolycos below and recommend that you do not download untrusted applications to your device.
- Funny Camera (500.000 installs)
- Razer Keyboard & Theme (500.000 installs)
- Vlog Star Video Editor (1 million installs)
- Creative 3D Launcher (1 million installs)
- Wow Beauty Camera (100,000 installs)
- Gif Emoji Keyboard (100,000 installs)
- Freeglow Camera (5,000 installs)
- Coco Camera v1.1 (1,000 installs)
What precautions should Android users take to protect themselves from spyware? Please share with us in the comments.